November 16, 2011


» You Can Wake This Stuff Up: As reported earlier via Twitter and Facebook, Clear Channel's WSIX/Nashville is searching for a new afternoon show following today's announcement that current hosts Big D & Bubba will step down Nov. 22 in order to concentrate on their nationally syndicated morning program. PD Jon Anthony tells Country Aircheck the "right candidate" could also have APD/MD responsibility. Airchecks and resumes to Anthony here. The Big D & Bubba Show joined WSIX in October 2003 and has been syndicated by Premiere since 2005. Their morning show is heard on more than 50 Country stations and will debut on the Armed Forces Radio Network Nov. 21.

» Phat Farmed: Bend (OR) Radio Group has hired imaging/production vet "Phat Matt" Ganssle as Dir./Production & Creative Services for the five-station cluster, which includes market-leading Country KSJJ. Ganssle's imaging resume includes KPLX/Dallas, KKWF/Seattle, KBWF/San Francisco and, most recently, Alpha's Country KUPL/Portland and Top 40 sister KBFF. He'll continue handling the Portland stations as outside projects, as well as imaging for CMT Radio Live. Congratulate Ganssle here.

» Buttered Up: Hubbard's WIL/St. Louis has signed morning personality Cornbread to a new multi-year contract. He joined WIL in 2004 and went on to win the 2009 CMA Major Market Broadcast Personality award. Most recently, Cornbread spent 10 days living on a rooftop in support of the St. Louis Cardinals' World Series run.

» Bump Day: Significant album sales increases for performers at last week's 45th Annual CMA Awards include Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party (+53%), The Band Perry's self-titled debut (+112%), Eric Church's Chief (+61%), Blake Shelton's Red River Blue (+52%) and Brad Paisley's This Is Country Music (+57%). Figures are based on Nielsen SoundScan numbers and represent albums in the top 20 that generated a gain of 50% or more.

» Hour Song: The 60 Minutes profile of Taylor Swift airs this Sunday (11/20) on CBS-TV, and a clip can be seen here. "It would be really easy to say, 'I'm 21 now. I do what I want. You raise your kids,'" she tells Lesley Stahl. "But that's not the truth of it. The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation. So make your words count." In other news, Swift sold more than 545,000 digital tracks this week alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan data provided by her label, powered by the release of tracks previously only available on the Target Deluxe Edition of Speak Now.

» Bull Rider: Former WKHX/Atlanta afternoon host Tim Michaels has joined Clear Channel's crosstown rival WUBL(The Bull) for weekend/swing duties. Congratulate him here.

» The Love Vote: Voting is now open for the 2012 New Faces Of Country Music Show, which will close out CRS on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Choose from Craig Campbell, Edens Edge, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Sunny Sweeney, Thompson Square, James Wesley and The Eli Young Band. The top five vote-getters will perform. All Country radio station employees may vote once through Wednesday (11/23) here.

» Google Cluster: Google's cloud-based Music Beta locker service expanded this afternoon to an online download store in an attempt to compete head-on against Apple's iTunes and Amazon. At presstime, word was that Google Music had deals in place with Sony Music, EMI and Universal and various independents, but not Warner Music. Songs sell for $0.99-$1.29. It's also reported that, via the Google+ social platform, consumers will be able to share their purchases once or twice with each of their friends. That could spark a network effect to spur sales virally. For now, Apple maintains two major competitive advantages over Google Music: It offers the Warner catalog and a "scan and match" functionality that doesn't require users to upload their music collection to their locker.

» Engender Bender: Longtime record industry executive Jonathan Bender is the new COO for SoundExchange, the label, artist and musician digital performance royalty collection agency. Reporting to CEO Michael Huppe and succeeding Barrie Kessler, Bender was most recently a digital technology consultant with a digital operations and e-commerce background as SVP of Concord Music Group and VP at UMG.

» Giving Wilmington The Bird: Kudos to Clear Channel/Wilmington, DE, which includes Country WDSD, for collecting more than 2,800 turkeys during its 14th Annual Turkey Roundup benefiting the Food Bank of Delaware. The three-day drive took place at two locations and also accepted cash and non-perishable food. Cluster OM and WDSD morning co-host Sky Phillips and his partner Christa Cooper were on hand to accept the birds.

» Who Are You Hauling Turkey? Tracy Lawrence's sixth annual Mission Possible turkey fry is next Tuesday (11/22) from 8am-5pm at Nashville's Rescue Mission. More than 500 birds will be fried during the event to feed the homeless in Middle Tennessee. Learn more and donate directly here.

» Hey Pilgrim: After MidNite With Blair Garner will team with Average Joes' Montgomery Gentry for a commercial-free, three-hour Thanksgiving special. For more information, call Premiere Radio Networks at 818-377-5300.

» Might As Well Jump? Republic Nashville's The Band Perry have been added to the performance lineup of the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night. Rihanna and Usher have also been added, and the telecast will reveal a historic band reunion, which will take place during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. TBP will perform a private concert afterwards for the audience at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, and a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Grammy Museum. The hour-long special airs Nov. 30 at 10pm ET on CBS-TV.

» Good Directions: Mercury's Billy Currington will embark on his first headlining tour next year with David Nail and Kip Moore supporting. Dates are TBA. More here.

» Gift Rapping: Curb's Rodney Atkins will perform during the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, DC. Carson Daly will emcee the event, which will also include performances by OneRepublic, Marsha Ambrosius and "Kermit The Frog." will webcast the Lighting Dec. 1 at 4:30pm ET, and PBS-TV will broadcast the event through December.

» Blue Christmas Without You: 19/Interscope/Mercury's Lauren Alaina will participate in Graceland's annual holiday lighting Friday (11/18) in Memphis. will webcast the event at 6pm ET.

» In Case You Missed It: RCA's Miranda Lambert performed "Baggage Claim" during today's (11/16) Ellen DeGeneres Show.

» Country Aircheck Today Top 5: Here are the top 5 songs for Nov. 15:
  1. BRANTLEY GILBERT/Country Must Be Country Wide (Valory) 2514 points
  2. TAYLOR SWIFT/Sparks Fly (Big Machine) 2349 points
  3. LADY ANTEBELLUM/We Owned The Night (Capitol) 2296 points
  4. MIRANDA LAMBERT/Baggage Claim (RCA) 2212 points
  5. JASON ALDEAN/Tattoos On This Town (Broken Bow) 2181 points

» Country Aircheck Today Top Point Gainers: Here are the top point gainers for Nov. 13-15, compared with the same days last week:
  1. KENNY CHESNEY/Reality (BNA) +641 points
  2. JASON ALDEAN/Tattoos On This Town (Broken Bow) +593 points
  3. FAITH HILL/Come Home (Warner Bros./WAR) +572 points
  4. KEITH URBAN/You Gonna Fly (Capitol) +562 points
  5. RASCAL FLATTS/Easy (Big Machine) +433 points

» Tube Check Tonight (11/16): Vince Gill, Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Miranda Lambert, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC); Dierks Bentley, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

» Tomorrow's Birthdays (11/17): Rick Alter, Scott Douglas, Bruce Hinton, Eddie Reeves, Butch Waugh.

» Thrown To The Wolves: Fresh off three CMA wins last week, Republic Nashville's The Band Perry gets right back to work with an appearance at the WPAW (The Wolf)/Greensboro Wolf's Den yesterday (11/15). Pictured (l-r) are The Wolf's Clay JD Walker, Neil Perry, 'PAW's Leanne Petty, Kimberly Perry, the station's Charley McCain and Reid Perry.

» The Kids Are Alright: WKSF/Asheville, NC staffers gather with artists who performed on the station's annual Kiss Country Guitar Jam, which raised more than $35,000 for the local children's hospital. Pictured (l-r) are the station's Sharon Green and Eddie Fox, Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna, 'KSF's Brian Hatfield, Casey James, the station's Jessica LeeSunny Sweeney, Josh Thompson, Kellie Pickler, 'KSF's Jeff Davis, Lee Brice and the station's Bill McMartin.

» Wrong Place, Right Time: Skyville's Stealing Angels welcome KJUG/Visalia, CA's Adam Jeffries to Phoenix during last weekend's NASCAR race, where the ladies performed the National Anthem. Pictured (l-r) are SA's Tayla Lynn, Jeffries, SA's Caroline Cutbirth, Skyville's Dave Collins and SA's Jennifer Wayne.






















































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